Author: Gary McKenzie

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What might have been

Gary McKenzie follows up his look at horses who were not quite good enough to achieve greatness,  with those horses whose promising careers were cut short I am going to start with a couple...

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We fall, and still we rise

I am a bit of a geek. I know a fair bit of trivia. And I am the sort of annoying person who can find connections between things, no matter how tenuous. I could...

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Highs and lows

Gary McKenzie on the emotional highs and lows of racing There were worrying scenes at Ascot last week after the top-rated chaser, Cyrname, fell at the last fence. It was a horrible fall (as...

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The ‘machine’ is in full working order

The ‘machine’ is in full working order The Dublin Racing Festival was just brilliant. And the headlines were dominated by a twelve-year-old novice chaser. Faugheen won his third race over fences, beating Easy Game....

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Sacre bleu! What a darling horse

It is not often that the final race of a meeting on a Wednesday in January attracts a lot of attention. But the closing bumper, or the Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt...

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Five-day Festival? Forget it

It is only January but Cheltenham is already dominating the sport we all love. Chiefly because there is a debate regarding the greatest show on turf. When I was young Cheltenham took place over...